Inuit Mental Health and Adaptation to Climate Change Project
Funded through Health Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, the Inuit Mental Health Adaptation to Climate Change (IMHACC) project is a community-based and community-led research project examining the relationships between changes in land, weather, ice, snow, wildlife, and vegetation and mental health and well-being in each of the five Nunatsiavut communities: Nain, Hopedale, Postville, Makkovik, and Rigolet. This research project also has a specific focus on mental health adaptation and resilience within the context of a rapidly changing environment.
This project is run by the Rigolet Inuit Community Government under the direction of Charlotte Wolfrey (AngajukKâk), in partnership with the Inuit Community Governments of Nain, Hopedale, Postville, and Makkovik, the ‘My Word’ Storytelling and Digital Media Lab (Rigolet), and the Nunatsiavut Department of Health and Social Development.
Data was being gathered through two main methods:
- In-depth interviews (open- and close-ended questions) with Inuit from all five Nunatsiavut communities (n=98), as well as health professionals from throughout the regopm (n=19). Interviews were conducted by local research assistants in each of the communities;
- Digital stories created through week-long digital storytelling workshops by Inuit participants in all five communities and facilitated by the ‘My Word’: Storytelling and Digital Media Lab from Rigolet.
Role: Principal Investigator and Project Coordinator
Sample Digital Stories Created by Inuit in Nunatsiavut (click here for more):